These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Missouri For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Missouri does this very well. Families love the Show Me State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Missouri that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Missouri for 2018:

  1. Ladue
  2. Clayton (Photos)
  3. Sunset Hills
  4. Glendale
  5. Weldon Spring
  6. Creve Coeur (Photos)
  7. Des Peres
  8. Wildwood (Photos)
  9. Chesterfield (Photos)
  10. Olivette

So hopefully Dexter (the cheapest place to live in Missouri) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Missouri or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Show Me State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Missouri to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 120 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,524
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 341
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Ladue is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in central St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2013 census, the city had a population of 8,560.

2. Clayton

Clayton, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,740
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 269
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114

3. Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,477
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 198
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Sunset Hills is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census.

4. Glendale


Population: 5,911
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 189
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.

5. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,473
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 187
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Weldon Spring is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,443 at the 2010 census. It was the location of the largest World War 2 explosives plant and later a uranium refining faculty.

6. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,777
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 182
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Creve Coeur /kriv kr/ is a city located in west St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, in Greater St. Louis. The population was 17,833 at the 2010 census. Creve Coeur borders and shares a ZIP code (63141) with the neighboring city of Town and Country. It is home to the headquarters of Monsanto and Drury Hotels.

7. Des Peres


Population: 8,395
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 173
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Des Peres (English: /dipr/) is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,373 at the 2010 census.

8. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,388
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 171
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114

9. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,471
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 161
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Chesterfield is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and a Western suburb of St. Louis. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,484, making it the state’s fourteenth-largest city.

10. Olivette


Population: 7,734
Services: 97
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 149
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 114
Olivette is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,737 at the 2010 census.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Missouri that have the highest cost of living, with Ladue ranking as the most expensive city in the Show Me State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Missouri:

  1. Dexter
  2. Kennett
  3. Poplar Bluff

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Missouri

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Ladue 1 8,524 97 101 101
Clayton 2 15,740 97 101 101
Sunset Hills 3 8,477 97 101 101
Glendale 4 5,911 97 101 101
Weldon Spring 5 5,473 97 101 101
Creve Coeur 6 17,777 97 101 101
Des Peres 7 8,395 97 101 101
Wildwood 8 35,388 97 101 101
Chesterfield 9 47,471 97 101 101
Olivette 10 7,734 97 101 101
Dardenne Prairie 11 11,341 97 101 101
Webster Groves 12 22,974 97 101 101
Ellisville 13 9,123 97 101 101
Richmond Heights 14 8,640 97 101 101
Kirkwood 15 27,494 97 101 101
Ballwin 16 30,446 97 101 101
Eureka 17 10,122 97 101 101
Manchester 18 18,154 97 101 101
O’Fallon 19 79,073 97 101 101
Wentzville 20 28,879 97 101 101
Brentwood 21 8,022 97 101 101
University City 22 35,397 97 101 101
Crestwood 23 11,901 97 101 101
Valley Park 24 6,938 97 101 101
Shrewsbury 25 6,261 97 101 101
Bridgeton 26 11,756 97 101 101
Maryland Heights 27 27,418 97 101 101
Arnold 28 20,859 97 101 101
Washington 29 13,979 97 101 101
Black Jack 30 6,911 97 101 101
Jackson 31 13,815 97 101 101
Troy 32 10,587 97 101 101
Maplewood 33 8,081 97 101 101
Festus 34 11,559 97 101 101
Union 35 10,220 97 101 101
Pacific 36 6,024 97 101 101
Warrenton 37 7,850 97 101 101
Hazelwood 38 25,678 97 101 101
Cape Girardeau 39 37,982 97 101 101
Dellwood 40 5,028 97 101 101
Florissant 41 52,273 97 101 101
Bellefontaine Neighbors 42 10,863 97 101 101
Farmington 43 16,522 97 101 101
Overland 44 16,063 97 101 101
Sullivan 45 7,830 97 101 101
Ferguson 46 21,205 97 101 101
Perryville 47 8,234 97 101 101
Pevely 48 5,449 97 101 101
Berkeley 49 9,022 97 101 101
De Soto 50 6,440 97 101 101
Normandy 51 5,020 97 101 101
Desloge 52 5,027 97 101 101
Jennings 53 14,741 97 101 101
Bonne Terre 54 6,853 97 101 101
Park Hills 55 8,717 97 101 101
Parkville 56 5,538 103 89 99
Maryville 57 11,924 95 95 102
Raymore 58 19,006 103 89 99
Greenwood 59 5,179 103 89 99
Kearney 60 8,419 103 89 99
Columbia 61 109,008 101 96 99
Grain Valley 62 12,507 103 89 99
Smithville 63 8,411 103 89 99
Blue Springs 64 52,401 103 89 99
Liberty 65 29,252 103 89 99
Pleasant Hill 66 8,046 103 89 99
Belton 67 23,182 103 89 99
Jefferson City 68 42,983 98 96 99
Branson 69 10,463 99 100 94
Kansas City 70 459,772 103 89 99
Warrensburg 71 18,988 103 89 99
Gladstone 72 25,635 103 89 99
Oak Grove 73 7,653 103 89 99
Nixa 74 19,032 99 100 94
Harrisonville 75 10,017 103 89 99
Ozark 76 17,710 99 100 94
Rolla 77 19,484 98 96 99
Odessa 78 5,260 103 89 99
Battlefield 79 5,496 99 100 94
Raytown 80 29,486 103 89 99
Independence 81 116,513 103 89 99
Republic 82 14,637 99 100 94
Grandview 83 24,491 103 89 99
Savannah 84 5,034 103 89 99
Willard 85 5,237 99 100 94
Caruthersville 86 6,169 113 89 91
Richmond 87 5,790 103 89 99
Charleston 88 5,847 113 89 91
Cameron 89 9,935 103 89 99
Excelsior Springs 90 11,244 103 89 99
Fulton 91 12,702 101 96 99
Carl Junction 92 7,339 94 89 90
Bolivar 93 10,331 99 100 94
Springfield 94 160,246 99 100 94
Boonville 95 8,305 101 96 99
Clinton 96 9,167 103 89 99
Marshfield 97 6,644 99 100 94
Chillicothe 98 8,791 103 89 99
Sedalia 99 21,340 101 96 99
West Plains 100 12,020 99 100 94
Mexico 101 11,571 101 96 99
Hannibal 102 17,835 101 96 99
Kirksville 103 17,503 101 96 99
Lebanon 104 14,454 99 100 94
Bowling Green 105 5,301 101 96 99
Moberly 106 13,980 101 96 99
Marshall 107 12,950 101 96 99
Macon 108 5,470 101 96 99
Monett 109 8,893 94 89 90
Trenton 110 6,067 103 89 99
Aurora 111 7,502 99 100 94
Joplin 112 49,924 94 89 90
Carthage 113 14,271 94 89 90
Webb City 114 10,923 94 89 90
Neosho 115 11,906 94 89 90
Nevada 116 8,073 94 89 90
Sikeston 117 16,414 93 92 86
Poplar Bluff 118 17,110 93 92 86
Kennett 119 11,244 93 92 86
Dexter 120 7,846 93 92 86

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